Welcome to the DESIGN ACT Seminar 4!

8 June, 2010 - 21:36

What kinds of platforms support discussion about a discipline in transition? The Interactive Institute and Iaspis invite you to engage in this topic at DESIGN ACT Seminar 4. Featuring international specialists in design criticism, curation and publishing, the seminar takes place in Stockholm, Wed 16 June, 1-5pm.

Participants:Claire Catterall (UK), Somerset House, Embankment Gallery, LondonRégine Debatty (BE), we-make-money-not-art Joseph Grima (IT/US), Domus Magazine, Italy, and Storefront for Art and Architecture, New YorkRamia Mazé and Magnus Ericson (SE), DESIGN ACTModerator: Staffan Lundgren (SE), Axl Books and SITE magazine For details and updates on the program: www.design-act.se

Forums and formats for discussion play an essential role in understanding the changing definition of design and role of designers today. This seminar focuses on platforms that have been developing and experimenting with how to host such discussion – several significant examples will be presented, along with different institutional models and premises, media and formats, audiences and impacts. As one such platform, DESIGN ACT is placed within a wider context, reflecting upon experiences and future directions of developing discourse about design. Through a series of presentations and a panel discussion, issues such as curating, interpreting, promoting, critiquing and practicing emerging definitions and roles will be discussed. What new paradigms might be necessary within an expanding or changingview of contemporary design? What are the conditions and concerns ofplatforms for design discourse? What roles do associated sites,structures, media and institutions play? What is the role ofpractitioners? What can be learned from other disciplines? 

DESIGN ACT is initiated and produced by Iaspis in collaboration withthe Interactive Institute. Project managers are Magnus Ericson and Ramia Mazé, who develops this as part of the Forms of Sustainability research project at the Interactive Institute.